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Peter Bregman is a strategic advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams. His latest book is 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done.
This updated casebook helps business students gain a better understanding of leadership and enables them to be more effective leaders through their careers. Each of the selected cases are about complex leadership issues that require the attention of the decision maker.
Rowe, W. G., & Guerrero, L. (2013). Cases in leadership. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications. [reserve]
"Over the course of years spent sucking insects from their nests, color-coding their abdomens with paint pens, and monitoring the movements of individual ants within colonies, Deborah Gordon has made surprising discoveries about the evolution of complex systems."
"Great leaders possess dazzling social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, vision that allows them to set their sights on the "things" that truly merit attention. Not a bad skill set for the rest of us, either."
Explore these insights from Psychology Today's Psych Basics:
From Seth Godin:
What you were trained to do: wait for a good, generous, munificent, tasteful, smart boss or client to tell you what to do.
If that doesn't happen, blame the system, blame the boss, blame the client. If the work is lousy, it's the client's fault. If the boss doesn't see or understand your insight, that's his fault. You are here to serve, and if they don't get it, well, that's too bad for all concerned.
What you might consider: Lead up.
Higgs, M. (2009). The good, the bad and the ugly: Leadership and narcissism. Journal Of Change Management, 9(2), 165-178. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.
Leadership is becoming increasingly recognized as a crucial issue for organizations facing change in a complex and volatile environment. This leads to a need for an understanding of the extensive leadership literature. However, it is notable that this literature is primarily focused on 'good' leadership. Until relatively recently it has ignored 'bad' or 'dark-side' leadership. Yet recent research in the field of change has provided evidence that such 'negative' leadership impacts adversely on change implementation. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to review the literature on 'bad' leadership and to explore the extent to which leader narcissism provides an explanation of 'bad' leadership behaviors. Building from this review the paper presents recommendations for future research.